The MyData Initiative seeks for every student (or parent of an underage student) to have access to his or her own academic data in a machine-readable format.  This is possible through the participation of schools and software developers who enable students to download their own data to create a personal learning profile that they can keep with them throughout their learning career.  In addition, developers are encouraged to created customized services and tools for students based on the information available in their personal learning profile.

This data may range from classes taken to their federal financial aid (FAFSA) details. Students can simply retain this information for their own records or benefit by sharing select pieces of it with the ever-growing network of applications being built by the private sector to help students make better choices about which classes to take, which colleges to attend, and how to pay for tuition.

When learner data is stored and shared in a common data standard (or template), information created by one tool or service can be consumed by another, and vice versa. Ultimately, this means being able to download this week’s test scores from your school and import them into an adaptive online tutoring application that knows exactly how to help you bump up that B+ in physics.

Download the MyData Technical Specifications overview ( PDF, 186 kb)
Information about MyData from the White House Educational Data Fact Sheet


Expanding this innovation even further, one of the the eventual goals of this initiative is to allow schools to securely transmit individual student records as children matriculate or move. Not only will this increase privacy controls and speed up the time it takes for student records to transfer from one school to another, but this has the potential to make a significant positive difference in the educational outcomes of America’s 400,000 foster children and the children of America’s military families, many of whom transfer schools multiple times in a given year. The shorter the transmission time for school records, the better their new teachers and counselors can serve them.

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